(Notre Dame, IN) The Holy Cross Men's Basketball Team visited fellow conference opponent Trinity International today in a vital game to move up the standings in the CCAC.
It was an up and down affair, but in the end the Saints held on to beat the Trojans of Trinity International 81-78.
The game seemed to be in hand early on as the Saints took control from the opening tip of the game. The Saints led for all but 2 minutes in the first half. They pushed the lead to as many as 12 points in the first half, but closed out the half up 11 points with the score 46-35 in favor of Holy Cross.
They shot the ball pretty well in the first half shooting 46 percent from the floor, and 40 percent from behind the three point line.
"I thought our boys did a great job of coming out with energy tonight. They did a great job in transition, and I thought they played really well in the first half. We just needed to continue that energy into the second half if we were going to get this win on the road," said Head Coach Bob Schermerhorn.
Unfortunately the game would not be as easy as it was in the first half. The Saints pushed the lead to as many 16 points early in the second half, but the Trojans of Trinity International did not back down.
They battled back from the 16 point deficit to take a one point lead with 10 minutes to go. The Saints found their composure pushing the lead back up to 6 points with just 6 minutes remaining. They pushed the lead back up to double digits with 4 minutes in the game going up 10 points.
It was a furious end to the game, but in the end the Saints won the CCAC matchup by three points 81-78.
"I was really proud of the boys tonight. I thought we played rather sluggish in our game on Wednesday, and to go on the road and have this effort was really great. We just have to keep this momentum going into our next game against St. Francis on Tuesday," said Coach Schermerhorn.
The Saints were led by junior Yama Kader (Mission Viejo, CA) who had a fantastic night netting 31 points. Taylor Williams recorded his eleventh double-double of the season scoring 15 points and hauling down 13 rebounds. Junior Michael VanderPloeag (Kalamazoo, MI) chipped in 10 points as well.
The Saints are now 7-11 on the season, and 3-4 in the CCAC which is good for third place in the standings. The Saints go on the road again as they play St. Francis this Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.